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Piazza del Popolo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome 3-Hour Evening Walking Tour

1. Rome 3-Hour Evening Walking Tour

On this 3-hour evening walking tour you’ll meet your guide at Piazza del Popolo, where churches, fountains, and monuments tastefully embellish the square. Walk up to the Pincio Terrace to admire the sunset over Rome and enjoy breathtaking views over the city. Visit the famous Piazza di Spagna and Bernini’s Barcaccia Fountain. Continue your walk to the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome one day. Visit Piazza della Rotonda and admire the exterior of the historic Pantheon. Built in 27 B.C. the Pantheon was dedicated to all the Roman gods. In the 7th century, it was converted to a church dedicated to Mary and the martyrs. It is also the resting place of some major Renaissance artists, including Raffaello. Admire Bernini’s magnificent 4 Rivers Fountain in the center of iconic Piazza Navona. The square also features other important sculptural and architectural creations, including the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Palazzo Pamphili, the Neptune Fountain at the northern end, and the Moor Fountain at the southern end. End your evening walk at Campo de' Fiori, a site that at one time was noted for races and executions. In the center of the square you’ll see the statue of Giordano Bruno. Today Campo de’ Fiori is a busy marketplace in the morning and a center of nightlife after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect place to continue your evening in the Eternal City after your guided tour.

Rome: Illuminati Tour in German by Minivan

2. Rome: Illuminati Tour in German by Minivan

On this exciting Illuminati tour you follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks’ character Robert Langdon in his battle against time to save four cardinals and the explosive secrets of the Illuminati. This tour is perfect if you know the book, the movie, or both, and want to discover the differences between the novel and the film, between fact and fiction, and between the real and the made-up locations in Rome. This tour is also fun for those who do not know the story of the Illuminati. Discover the interesting facts and stories about the novel, the film, and monuments in the city. Experience a different side of Rome away from the tourist bustle. Explore the lesser-known places and streets, and the unique atmosphere of the city as well as famous landmarks such as the Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona, Petersplatz, Quirinal, Santa Maria della Vittoria, and many more.

Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

3. Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

To enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of an audience with the Pope at the Vatican you need to have an appointment, and priority viewing tickets are limited. On your way to the Papal audience, you will travel by air-conditioned coach through some of Rome's major sightseeing spots, including the Piazza della Repubblica, the historic Aurelian Walls, the well-known Villa Borghese Gardens, and the northern gate of Rome, which leads into majestic Piazza del Popolo. Here you will have a chance to see the Egyptian Obelisk, dating back to the time of Ramses II. Before arriving at St. Peter's Square, and preparing for your audience with the Pope, you will glimpse the impressive Castel Sant'Angelo and the tomb of Emperor Hadrian. The Papal audience will be held in either St Peter's Square, St Peter's Basilica, or the Audience Hall, depending on seasonal conditions and the number of visitors taking part in the audience. Before the beginning of the audience, you will be given further information on when and where to meet.

Discover Rome Tour by Segway

4. Discover Rome Tour by Segway

Your tour will depart from the Piazza del Popolo at the foot of the panoramic Pincio (Pincian Hill) terrace, where you will have a brief introductory training session on use of the Segways to ensure you are confident riding, before taking you on a tour of discovery of Rome’s most magnificent piazzas. You will see Piazza della Rotonda with the Pantheon and its many cafes located around the 13 obelisks of the city, Piazza Navona with Bernini’s colossal Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) and Campo dei Fiori with its famous daily market. Then, you will go across the Sant’Angelo bridge to the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo and Via della Conciliazione where you can admire the magnificent Cupola di San Pietro (dome of St. Peter’s), finishing in Piazza San Pietro with its superb colonnade. On the way back to Piazza del Popolo you will pass by the Ara Pacis Museum with the Mausoleum of Augustus.

Rome: 3-Hour Roman Holiday by Segway

5. Rome: 3-Hour Roman Holiday by Segway

The Roman Holiday Tour departs from Piazza del Popolo, one of the most famous piazzas in Rome, in the waiting room of the Urbe at the top of the famous Spanish Steps (Via del Babuino, Via del Corso and Via di Ripetta). After a short practice with the Segways to ensure everyone is confident riding them, the tour guide will take you down the ancient Roman road like in the famous film Roman Holiday. In Piazza della Rotonda, see the Pantheon, one of the oldest and best preserved monuments in Rome. Then go across the sacred area of Largo Torre Argentina and on to the Roman ghetto, where you’ll see Teatro Marcello, the Bocca della Verità and the Circus Maximus. Finally, you'll arrive at the monumental amphitheatre of the Colosseum and the magnificent area around the Imperial Forums. On the way back, you'll see the glorious “Vittoriano” (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) and the famous Trevi Fountain as you come into Piazza di Spagna at the foot of the Spanish Steps. The famous Via Margutta, well-known for its art shops and 16th-century houses, rounds off the tour in Piazza del Popolo.

Rome: Early Morning E-Bike Tour

6. Rome: Early Morning E-Bike Tour

The morning e-bike tours are led by expert local guides who ride with you inside the Eternal City. They explain how to use the 3D visor during the tour, while providing you with history and curiosities about each monument. Explore the Colosseum as never before through the interactive 3D certified reconstruction, integrated by a narrative voice of your guide and epic background music. Explore the city as it was 2000 years ago. A real moving and multi-sensory family experience, suitable for all ages.  The tour follows a carefully-designed itinerary, stopping at Rome’s most popular sites and recreating the ancient settings. You will see 3D reconstructions of the Circus Maximus, the School of the Gladiators, and much more. Your guide will always be with you, who will inform you about everything you really see with the 3D visors. Other viewpoints throughout the route include the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine and Imperial Forum, Venice square, Trajan forum Pantheon, Navona square, Campo dei Fiori, Trastevere, and Capitoline Hill.

Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Angels & Demons Tour by Golf Cart

7. Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Angels & Demons Tour by Golf Cart

Follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks’ character Robert Langdon in the 2009 movie Illuminati and explore the film locations of one of the most fascinating strips of film history in Rome. Enjoy a tour in a comfortable electric golf cart, which will be driven by your private tour guide. With the golf cart you can effortlessly reach all parts of the city including places that do not play a direct role in the film or book. You can get off at any time at any of the sights that interest you, such as the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Square, or the Colosseum. On this exciting Illuminati tour you follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks’ character Robert Langdon in his battle against time to save 4 cardinals and the explosive secrets of the Illuminati. Listen to exciting historical facts and background information as you explore the highlights of Rome. The film is based on the novel by Dan Brown. This tour is perfect if you know the book, the movie, or both, and want to discover the differences between the novel and the film, between fact and fiction, and between the real and the made-up locations in Rome. This tour is also fun for those who do not know the story of the Illuminati.

Rome: Haunted City Exploration Game

8. Rome: Haunted City Exploration Game

After you buy the quest, receive a code which grants you access to the quest in the app (the app is free to download). Along the way, find the story of the most prolific executioner in Rome, discover the church of chained spirits, and see the woman who was cursed to lose her hands. Find out many other stories of the people who lived and died in these 10 places that you’ll visit. The quest can be played at any hour, but it is recommended that you try it at night, for the full haunted experience. It will take you from 1 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map or GPS. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point (Piazza del Popolo) and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Rome: Small-Group Tour with Street Food, Tiramisu & Gelato

9. Rome: Small-Group Tour with Street Food, Tiramisu & Gelato

Experience the Rome of emperors and popes on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the historic piazzas and fountains, starting at Piazza del Popolo. Stroll through the famous fashion streets before getting to Piazza di Spagna with Bernini’s unusual fountain of a half-sunken ship. Stop to taste one of Rome's best tiramasu. Enjoy and taste the rela roman pizza with cheese, suppli and a glass or wine ( or other beverage) Head towards Piazza di Trevi, where legend says that if you toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain and make a wish you will one day return to Rome. Along the way, stop to sample some of Rome’s legendary gelati at typical gelaterias, each one famous for their unique flavors, such as chocolate orange or pistacchio stracciatella. Learn the secrets of artisanal gelati, and how to distinguish a good one from a bad one! As you walk, your guide will provide a fascinating history of Rome’s fountains and piazzas, telling stories of some of the city’s notorious characters for added color, before you end in the grandeur of Piazza Navona with a typical Italian coffee.

Rome: Christmas Nativities and Angels Tour

10. Rome: Christmas Nativities and Angels Tour

This tour has been designed to showcase the magic of Christmastime in Rome and provide a better understanding of the importance of the holiday. Learn about local Christmas traditions and legends as you visit some of the most beautifully decorated spots in the city. The tour begins in Piazza del Popoli where you can admire the Twin Churches’ Christmas nativity. From here, cross the Piazza di Spagna to reach the Church of Santa Maria in Via where you can learn about the miraculous holy water. Continue the tour to Piazza Venezia and admire the stunning decorations while listening to historical anecdotes about Christmas in Rome. Next, marvel at the majestic Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli and the Holy Child, a sculpture baptized in the River Jordan that features as the center of the Christmas nativity scene. Stop in Piazza Navona, then cross the Bridge of Angels before ending the tour in the center of the Catholic world, Piazza San Pietro.

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What people are saying about Piazza del Popolo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,075 reviews

This visit is really to be done and in the evening even if 6 p.m./9 p.m. would be more suitable. Our guide, César, was excellent, a real encyclopedia.

This was a really fantastic tour. Achmed, thanks lot for be our guide - you did a great and interesting experience to us!

Our guide Andrada was very knowledgeable. My son enjoyed her humor as well.

Great day, great bikes and our guide Andrea was super sweet and patient

Excellent guide! Very informative and a small intimate group!